SIGNAL Blogs

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' SPAR subsidiary has been awarded an $18 million contract by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence, Royal Air Force to perform outer wing replacements on three C-130K aircraft.

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded the professional support services task order from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. The contract has a total value of $31 million if all options are exercised. SAIC will provide a broad range of technical services and analytical support, including systems management; systems integration; strategic communications; plans, programs and resources; and Army modernization efforts.

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has received an $8.9 million production order under a U.S. Army contract for 150 integrated Dewar cooler assembly thermal cameras from Gyrocam Systems. Lockheed Martin's SBF cameras are designed into Gyrocam systems and provide thermal capabilities to the Army's vehicle optics sensor system for mine protected vehicles.

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a $34,500,105 contract for survivability research and development analysis to the European Security Operations Center and the U.S. Army Europe's 66th Military Intelligence Group. Booz Allen has also received an $18.9 million contract to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with logistics chain survivability analysis. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

August 21, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

System integration is the name of the game if the U.S. Army is to be able to succeed in this new age of persistent conflict, said Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, USA, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center. Saying that the Army is challenged to fight this new war, the general called for network access for the leader and the soldier.

August 21, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The dream of a separate and distinct cyberspace command is not going to happen, because cyberspace is an arena in which everyone operates. This was the declaration of the director, U.S. Army Information Operations (USAIOP) and U.S. Army Computer Network Operation-Electronic Warfare Proponents (USAEWP), Combined Arms Command, Fort Leavenworth. Col. Wayne A. Parks, USA, told a track presentation audience yesterday that all aspects of the force use cyberspace, so it is not so much a specific discipline as a theater of operations.

August 21, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, commander, U.S. Strategic Command had a message for attendees here, emphasizing that cyberspace is a domain that the military must operate in and defend. "I consider the surface of the ocean a domain...I consider land a domain," he said during the morning plenary address. "I consider air a domain. I consider space a domain and I consider cyberspace a domain."

August 20, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S Army is establishing the 7th Signal Command (Theater), a signal command for the continental United States (CONUS). Based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, the command reached cadre status in July and will reach initial and full operational capabilities in phased stages. The commander, Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper, USA, is dual-hatted, leading the command and serving as the G-6 for Army Forces Command concurrently.

August 20, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army's major communications elements are facing different issues as they try to achieve ever-changing goals amid budgetary, cultural and technological challenges.

August 20, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Where most leaders would endeavor to view the big picture, Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight, USN, vice director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), sees the biggest picture of all. The issue for communicators is not about serving an activity, or a service, or even a military. Nor is it about winning a war in the kinetic sense. It is about all of the services coming together to attain a national goal. But, the rub is how an organization can pursue that goal without losing track of its own specific needs.

August 20, 2008
By Katie Packard

EF Johnson Technologies Incorporated will provide its submersible Project 25 compliant radios and accessories to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under a $2 million task order. The Project 25 compliant radios feature the Enhanced P25 Vocoder and meet military specifications with immersion housing.

August 20, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has won a contract to supply high-accuracy inertial navigation systems for four new maritime action ships that are being built for the Spanish navy. The contract is valued at more than $1.5 million and was awarded by Navantia to Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit.

August 20, 2008
By Katie Packard

Applied Energetics Incorporated has received a follow-on contract from the U.S. Army Research Organization to continue development of light filament sensor technology. The $351,286 award is a follow-on option to the light filament sensor phase II STTR contract. Applied Energetics will team with the Denton Group of the University of Arizona for this effort.

August 20, 2008
By Katie Packard

DRS Technical Services Incorporated will provide satellite communications equipment and training through a $15,733,333 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, firm-fixed-price contract. The contract could be worth an estimated $47.2 million if all options are exercised. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

August 20, 2008
By Katie Packard

DB Consulting Group Incorporated, an 8(a)-certified small business, has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity follow-on contract by NASA's Glenn Research Center. DB Consulting will perform a variety of tasks, including computer science, computer and software engineering, security, networking, application development and Web services. The contract has a three-year base period with one two-year option and is worth approximately $88 million.

August 20, 2008
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton has been selected to provide services under the U.S. Strategic Command Systems and Missions Support (USAMS II) contract. Booz Allen is one of six firms chosen to compete for up to $900 million worth of advisory and assistance tasks. The USAMS II contract is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. Booz Allen will provide a range of advisory and assistance services support to the Strategic Command, the Defense Technical Information Center and the Air Force Weather Agency.

August 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army is so consumed by the demands of the current fight that it cannot do the things that it is supposed to do, according to its highest-ranking officer. Gen. George W. Casey, USA, the U.S. Army chief of staff, charged that the service is badly out of whack because it has been caught between two worlds.

August 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army's LandWarNet program, the focus of Army IT modernization-and the focus of this conference-is fragmented, unsecure, expensive and not standardized. This came from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA, the U.S. Army chief information officer (CIO)/G-6. He told today's luncheon audience that the Army will fix these problems, but it will take a coordinated plan to do so. This Army enterprise network campaign plan will be developed by October, he offered.

August 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Despite its ongoing operations around the world, the U.S. Army is a CONUS-based force that must be able to deploy its capabilities seamlessly. Unfortunately, that is not yet the case. Brig. Gen. Brian Donahue, USA, director of the LandWarNet office, Army G-3/5/7, described that challenge to an overflow crowd in a combined track this morning exploring expeditionary capabilities and horizontal network centricity.

August 19, 2008
By Rita Boland

The overwhelming interest and generosity of the American public toward U.S. soldiers and their families prompted the Army to launch Gifts to Army as a centralized source of information for contribution and support opportunities. The Army Gift Program is an established effort, but an amendment to the law now enables the Army to accept donations that assist wounded soldiers, wounded civilian employees and their families. The goal of Gifts to Army is to answer the frequent question from the public: "What can I do to help?"

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